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The Atlanta Braves are getting in their final workouts of the offseason before heading to spring training next week.

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Braves News

Pitchers get in last workouts at Turner Field

Spring Training is almost here and several Braves pitchers took in their final offseason workout at Turner Field. Pitchers and Catchers report on February 19 and there figures to be a lot of competition in the rotation and the bullpen.

Braves general manager John Coppolella added a couple suitcases to a group of boxes that will be placed on a moving truck that will transport most of the club's equipment to Spring Training on Friday. As Coppolella packed, pitchers Matt Wisler, Mike Foltynewicz and Williams Perez were at the stadium to complete one of their final workouts before heading to Florida. Braves pitchers and catchers are required to report to Spring Training by Feb. 19, but many of them will arrive in the Orlando area a few days early to get settled before entering daily grind of the baseball season.

Braves 2016 Preview Series: Top Prospects

Grant McAuley wrapped up his preview series with a look at the Braves top prospects headlined by shortstop Dansby Swanson and pitcher Sean Newcomb.

Back with Braves, Carpenter looks to rekindle past success

Fox Sports' Cory McCartney caught up with David Carpenter to talk about his return to the Braves and the upcoming season.

"It's just pretty much showing that 'Hey, I'm myself again' and show that you're ready to work and all that stuff and just see where (manager) Fredi (Gonzalez) and (pitching coach) Roger (McDowell) and (general manager John Coppolella) and (president of baseball operations) John Hart have in mind and just go from there."

MLB News

MLB, players union closer to rule changes for slides into second base

MLB and the players union are closing in on agreement to alter the rules for baserunners on slides into second base to attempt to break up double plays. ESPN.com's Buster Olney reports that the two sides are making progress and that an agreement is likely before the season begins.

In the ongoing talks between the union and MLB, the sides have been able to find a lot of common ground, and sources expect a change in time for the start of the upcoming season. The sides "will get there," one source familiar with the negotiations told ESPN.

Gourriel's numbers in Cuba compare to Abreu, Cespedes

Yulieski Gourriel and his younger brother Lourdes Gourriel are the latest Cuban stars to defect in hopes of joining the Majors. ESPN.com's David Schoenfield speculates on what kind of player Yulieski might be by comparing his stats in Cuba with that of Jose Abreu, Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig.